Retired NBA star Chris Bosh releases Bosh Blonde beer with Dogfish Head Miami this weekend

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In celebration of its first anniversary, Dogfish Head Miami has teamed up with entrepreneur, philanthropist, and retired NBA star Chris Bosh to release a limited-edition brew this weekend.

Dubbed "Bosh Blonde," the beer will officially release on Sunday, May 22. The special beer, dreamed into existence by long-time friends Chris Bosh and Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione, will be released at noon to kick start the anniversary festivities. 

Dogfish Head Miami made a grand entrance into Wynwood one year ago, bringing the national brand’s off-centered, innovative and creative culture to the similarly artistic city of Miami. Since its opening, the brewery has provided locals and visitors alike a place to enjoy innovative beers, local food, music and art through activations and impressive beer collaborations, and Dogfish Head Miami’s One Year Anniversary Celebration will be no different. 

Bosh and Calagione share a love for the brewing process and wanted to come together to create a one-of-a-kind beer that speaks to Miami locals through infused flavors. Brewed with Florida-grown oranges and fresh squeezed sugar cane juice, the “Bosh Blonde” ale exudes the essence of South Florida leisure: easy drinking with a citrus twist meant to be shared with family and friends. The can itself is designed to reflect the coming together of Chris Bosh and Dogfish

Head Miami with vibrant colors and artistic sketches that nod to music, beer and basketball of course. 

"What a great way to kick off our one year anniversary with this special collaboration," Calagione tells News Break. "Chris Bosh is not only a good friend and fellow beer lover, but he is committed to giving back to the Miami community through various organizations. This beer will not only benefit a local non-profit, but it's perfect for the South Florida heat."

Open to the public, guests can join the celebration to taste the new Bosh Blonde, indulge in a special menu of tasty ‘Bosh Bites’ based on Chris Bosh’s favorite foods, as well as live music throughout the day, and more.

Limited-edition hats will also be available for sale at the event, and the first 20 people in line to buy the beer will get a free hat. Meet and greets with Chris Bosh will be exclusively available for a limited number of Dogfish Head Miami’s Off-Centered Society members. Guests who want to join the meet and greet but aren’t an Off-Centered Society member, can sign up in person at Dogfish Head Miami for a secret event link to register for one of the limited meet and greet spots. 

The beer will be available exclusively at Dogfish Head Miami both on draft and in 4-pack, 16-ounce cans for $16 each starting at noon on Sunday, May 22. A portion of proceeds from sales of “Bosh Blonde” will be donated to Refresh Miami, a local non-profit organization with a mission to educate, inspire, connect and grow the Miami tech and startup community. 

To pair with the refreshing, citrusy blonde ale, Chris Bosh and Dogfish Head Miami have also curated a Bosh Bites Menu, featuring barbeque dishes with a Bosh Blonde twist, incorporating the actual beer into each dish seamlessly.

Guests can indulge in menu items including the Bosh Blonde BBQ Pork Slider topped with a vinegar-based slaw, BBQ sauce made with Bosh Blonde and sweet pickles packed into a toasted brioche bun; the Burger Slider topped with bacon jam, spicy pimento cheese, potato stix, shredded lettuce and shaved onions and the Baked Mac & Cheese Empanada, a warm and crispy empanada, stuffed with mac and cheese made with a Bosh Blonde cheese sauce. To finish off the menu on a sweet note, Bosh and Dogfish have created the Bosh Blonde Ice Cream with toasted coconut, pineapple and guava caramel sauce. 

Dogfish Head has proudly focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American craft brewery more than 25 years ago. Since then, the company has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and won numerous awards throughout the years, including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.

Dogfish Head currently sells beer in all 50 states. The Delaware-based brand also offers guests a chance to taste its food and drink via the Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery; Chesapeake & Maine, a seafood and cocktail spot; Dogfish Inn, a beer-themed inn on the harbor; and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring the Tasting Room & Kitchen; and Dogfish Head Distilling Co., Dogfish Head is a supporter of the Independent Craft Brewing Seal.

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